Detta är en HTML-version av en bilaga till begäran om allmän handling 'Digital Services Act / Digital Markets Act'.

From:                                 Eva Ljungbert
Sent:                                  Wed, 7 Jul 2021 14:41:12 +0200
To:                                      N Registrator
Subject:                             FW: VB: DMA meeting request: amendments to impact Google search 
domination
Categories:                       LW
Från: Aurelien Maehl <xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx> 
Skickat: den 6 juli 2021 15:55
Till: Marcus Boklund <xxxxxx.xxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xx>; Pia Högset 
<xxx.xxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xx>
Ämne: DMA meeting request: amendments to impact Google search 
domination
 
Dear Mr Boklund, Dear Ms Hogset,
 
I represent the Internet privacy company and search engine DuckDuckGo. We 
have a first-hand experience of the exclusionary practices put in place by 
Google and have been writing extensively about search competition, in 
particular following the 2018 Android decision, here: 
https://spreadprivacy.com/tag/preference/
 
Last month, Google announced a half-measure to improve the EU Android 
search default. Google's effort still falls far short - see our reaction here and 
more details on Techcrunch — and doesn't even reach other critical Google 
defaults such as on the Chrome desktop browser or Apple devices. In 
DuckDuckGo's position on the Digital Markets Act (here the annex with our 
amendments compared to the Commission's proposal), we propose a way 
forward to end Google’s unfair practices in the search engine market: 
 Prohibit gatekeepers from securing and establishing defaults for their 
search engine across the search access points of a gatekeeping 
operating system. 
 Facilitate the switching of default settings. For instance, users should 
be able to change all of their device's search defaults at once when 
downloading a new search app. 
 
Below are our two most important amendments. Are you available in 
the next couple of weeks for a virtual meeting on the DMA?
 
Best regards,
Aurélien Mähl
 

 

Link to DuckDuckGo's position on the DMA & Link to Annex with our 
amendments compared to the Commission's proposal
 
1. Add a new article 6.1(bb) in order to prevent search gatekeepers from 
securing or establishing default positions across the search access 
points of an operating system: 
(bb) refrain from securing or establishing default positions for 
the online search engines of the gatekeeper across the search 
access points of the operating systems owned by any 
gatekeeper. 
 
2. In a new recital after (46), indicate that the regulator should 
substitute these default positions with a preference menu that lets 
users choose their search default on their device: 
(46a) Securing or establishing defaults positions across the 
search access points of an operating system, such as the pre-
installed browser or another, dominant browser, the home 
screen bar widget, or the voice assistant, can entrench the 
dominant position of an established online search engine and 
prevent contestability on the online search engine market. 
Even where users can change the default manually, they 
rarely do so, due to behavioral bias for inertia. In order to 
ensure contestability, end users should be able to select their 
preferred online search engine default through a preference 
menu when they set up their device. The preference menu 
should comprise the most popular online search engines on a 
given market, on the basis of objective criteria such as market 
share, and should be designed in a fair and non-discriminatory 
manner to ensure that end users are not nudged to select a 
particular provider. The preference menu should be effective, 
that is the end user’s choice of a search engine default should 
immediately apply across the search access points of the 
operating system. End users must subsequently be able to 
access such preference menu after the device is set up, 
including through a prompt on another online search engine's 
website or software application. 
 
 
Aurélien Mähl
Senior Public Policy Manager, Europe
DuckDuckGo
Brussels, Belgium 
+32 495 635 546 (Signal available)